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How to: Post Punk Gothic 80s Bass Tone

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  1. Really cool to see Post Punk/Goth bass FINALLY get some coverage in an endless sea of mainstream rock/metal bass videos. As someone who has played bass for over 20 yrs., is an ardent fan of Post Punk/Goth and has covered these and other songs from bands like Siouxsie & The Banshees, Tones On Tail and Bauhaus, I can say that you hit the mark on getting the bass tone used on 'This Unrest', 'Land's End', 'Burning Skies' and 'Movement Of Fear'.

    In my personal experience playing these songs, I also used a very similar setting with my pedals and added a touch of reverb too to thicken things up a bit. I also lowered my tone just a bit to dull the bright "bite" of new strings. Some might keel over of shock at what I'm about to say but, I also found it easier to emulate those tones by playing with strings that had a slight bit of "play" in them (a.k.a. slightly old strings).

    Not so much play that they sounded dull and dead but, just enough to lower the brightness. This allowed me to easier emulate the bass tones heard on albums/tracks from The Chameleons, Asylum Party, The Sisters Of Mercy, Joy Division, The Cure, The March Violets, Gary Numan and many, many more. Thank you for making this video and being one of the very few that dare to hand over the spotlight to the VASTLY underrated, overlooked and flat-out ignored Post Punk/Goth genres. Their time in the "spotlight" has been BEYOND overdue…

  2. Hi! I really love your video btw! you're really talented 🙂 I was wondering what song was that in the beginning of the video? (like around 0:00 to 0:08) I've always wanted to play bass and have the postpunk-dark wave vibe to it since i'm obsessed with goth bands like The Cure, SATB, Christian Death, etc
    I think once I finally buy a bass and learn how to play it, this video will definitely help me!😊

  3. Post punk and new wave music made me pick up the bass guitar. Smiths, cure, the cars, the pretenders, the police, I could go on and on. These bands all had great songs but also the bass lines were always so interesting and busy. Almost like a song within a song

  4. Just subscribe your channel and love that somehow "gloomy", "reverb" sound of Post Punk/Goth bass. I am just into post punk and hearing of The Cure. It's great. Before that I digged Steve Harris' bass playing. I am just glad that I become to like other music too.

  5. friends I need your help, I have a jaguar bass from squier (it has a precision pickup and another jazz bass) the situation is that I cannot have that metallic sound as in the intro of this video my bass only sounds like a double bass (like any bass with precision pickup) and with jazz I can only make it sound a little more acute but I can't find that "metallic" sound at some point I thought it was an Overdrive, but not how do you get it?

  6. Woah that’s sick. Thought tones and tails was just Daniel ash and Kevin Haskins project before love and rockets. Nice to learn more about their bass. It gets crazy in songs like twist of theirs

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